Important questions to ask

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The following are important question to ask when looking for a prospective substance abuse treatment facility or service. Why do you believe this treatment in this program is indicated for my child? How does it compare to other programs or services which are available? What are the credentials and experience of the members of the […]

Where to get help?

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Many children and adolescents use alcohol and other drugs. Some develop serious problems which require professional help to control. Such as inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, twelve step programs, and dual diagnosis units for individuals with emotional and substance abuse problems. There are a variety of substance abuse treatment programs. The decision to get treatment for […]

Teens getting alcohol from parents

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More than half of American teens say they’ve consumed alcohol, and more than 40 percent of those children say they sometimes get their alcohol free from an adult, a new federal survey found. Among the country’s estimated 10.8 million underage drinkers, more than 40 percent said they got alcohol free from an adult during the […]

Suicide help-lines

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Suicide is one of the most complicated situations that a person can experience, either directly or indirectly. Having to deal with problems and issues either your own or someone else that you care about can be too much too handle. Oftentimes, help is needed in order to help someone who is having suicidal thoughts or […]

CBT for OCD

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Although children as young as 5 can be diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), few research studies have looked at treatments specifically geared toward young children with this disorder. Now, a new study from the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center provides some of the first evidence-based data on a successful intervention for early childhood OCD. According […]

Childhood aggression can lead to alcohol abuse

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Continual aggressive behavior from childhood through late adolescence is a significant predictor of adult alcohol use and abuse, a new University of Michigan study indicates. In comparison to childhood and adolescent aggression, some variables often thought of as risk factors, such as problems in the family and parents’ poor educational background, are weak predictors of […]

Self-injury resources and helpful links

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Be very careful when searching the web for sites regarding self-injury.  Although they may mean well, many sites are very triggering to the self-injurer and may escalate or even induce a self-harm incident.  Many web sites warn prospective surfers that their content may be triggering.  It is important that an individual who is close to […]

The emo fad and self-injury

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Self-injury can start early in life, research suggests that early onset self-injury is common around the age of 7, although it can begin earlier. Most often, however, self-injury behaviors begin in middle adolescence between the ages of 12 and 15. This is also the time when adolescent mids are open to suggestion from outside sources […]